By Rob Wile
February 6, 2018

For the past several years, the world’s wealthiest have seen their net worths grow by leaps and bounds, thanks to tremendous stock market gains.

But yesterday, markets slammed the brakes, as major stock indices took their biggest hit since 2011. A multitude of factors including fear of rising inflation, complacency about volatility, and plain old momentum dying out led to drops of 4.6% in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and 4.1% in the S&P500.

Hardest hit was Warren Buffett, who saw the value of one of his largest holdings, Wells Fargo, plunge as much as 9.2% yesterday as the Federal Reserve announced it would restrict the size of the bank. Since Feb. 1, Buffett has lost a total of $8.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

But it wasn’t just Americans taking it on the chin: billionaires from Europe to China lost big.

In total, the world’s 500 richest lost $114 billion on Monday.

Below are the 19 individuals who lost at least $1 billion in yesterday’s rout, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index:

19. Phil Knight, Nike
-$1 billion

18. Pony Ma, Tencent
-$1.05 billion

17. Carl Cook, Cook Group
-$1.1 billion

16. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, L’Oreal
-$1.12 billion

15. Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas Sands
-$1.21 billion

14. Amancio Ortega, Zara
-$1.23 billion

13. Kjeld Kristiansen, Lego
-$1.29 billion

12. Steve Ballmer, ex-Microsoft
-$1.31 billion

11. Alice Walton, Walmart
-$1.76 billion

10. Rob Walton, Walmart
-$1.76 billion

9. Bernard Arnault, LVMH
-$1.76 billion

8. Jim Walton, Walmart
-$1.78 billion

7. Larry Ellison, Oracle
-$1.91 billion

6. Bill Gates, Microsoft
-$2.25 billion

5. Sergey Brin, Alphabet/Google
-$2.26 billion

4. Larry Page, Alphabet/Google
-$2.33 billion

3. Jeff Bezos, Amazon
-$3.26 billion

2. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
-$3.62 billion

1. Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway
-$5.11 billion


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